President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to help Mexico ‘wage war’ on the drug cartels using the US Army.
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he will be willing to send the US army into Mexico to help the country with it’s decades old drug cartels war, after atleast nine U.S. citizens, including six children, who live in the Mexican border state of Sonora were killed in a shooting attack Monday blamed on drug cartels.
Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has improved ties with the US and Donald Trump by passing the landmark UMCNA deal and sending over 20,000 Mexican soldiers to patrol the US-Mexico border, rejected Trump’s offer of military assistance.
Obrador told reporters in Mexico ;
‘I don’t think we need the intervention of a foreign government to deal with these cases,’ he said.
The White House has also confirmed the two leaders spoke on Tuesday.
‘Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the recent violence in Mexico and efforts to combat the growing violent behavior of cartels and criminal groups in the region,’ said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley in a statement.
‘President Trump made clear that the United States condemns these senseless acts of violence that took the lives of nine American citizens and offered Mexico assistance to ensure the perpetrators face justice.
The two leaders also discussed ongoing border cooperation and the strong bilateral ties between the United States and Mexico,’ he added.